I am going to retire in the next couple of years and I want to experience being a government contractor in Logistics abroad.
Please to meet you e-virtually!
Please check out Logistics Management Institute (LMI) @ https://www.lmi.org/.
I hope you are able to find this useful.
Another way is to Network Using LinkedIn and ask for informational interviews which many people do not use - also connect with me to have access to my network - https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyrossibaldrigecoach/
https://www.clearancejobs.com/ is def a good resource; and, it may be worth getting your foot in the door w/a gov't contractor first, then use their internal resources to move abroad based on their needs, capabilities, etc. (there is a level of trust when being able to move internal employees around vs. taking a chance on an external hire; particularly when overseas gigs are so attractive & fruitful to a decent portion of the workforce).
Hi Annette, Good luck on your transition! It's never to early to start working on your next career.
Here are my ideas:
- Since most jobs are not advertised, I recommend meeting people who can answer all your questions about Logistics jobs and careers. Managers join Professional Associations so they can network with others in their line of work. Here is a list of Logistics Professional Associations. Find one that meets in a city near you that matches your long term goals. Attend as many meetings as possible and build your network. People in your line of work want to help you succeed! You need to meet and talk with them.
- You indicated you want to work abroad. For your first choice country, will you need a work visa or some other form of government permission to work in that country? Look at how difficult it is for non-citizens to work in our country. Many countries have similar restrictions.
- You indicated you want to work as a government contractor. My first job after I retired from the military was with a government contractor. I worked there for one year until the contract ended. I had four more government contract jobs over the next ten years. Eventually I found a large company that offered above average pay, bonuses and stock options.
- Consider other options. For example, you could start with an international logistics business in the United States to learn how their business operates and move to an overseas office when a good option opens.
I would like for you to reach out to your friends so that I may get more details on this journey.
Ms Baker, Thank you for your service, I have contracted for a number of years since 2002. Looking at your other responses there are a number of areas you can go, define exactly where and what you are willing to do and for how much pay wise.
Once you have that your ready to start negotiating.
Consider the long term and short term, most want a 90 day commitment, so its your ball game once you decide, Make sure to research each company. I have friends currently serving overseas, and they would be happy to talk to you.
Being prior army I am sure you are use to living in astute conditions.
Not every contract has great amenities.
Happy to put you in touch with someone currently abroad for your Q & A.
Best to you in your search. DB
Hi Annette, we always suggest checking out https://www.acp-usa.org/mentoring-program/veteran-application and let us connect you with one of our mentors that can help you through your transition into your new career. However, if that is not feasible for you right now, please find these resources that might be helpful:
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